Bridle Trails 50 Relay Race Recap!

A week or so ago, I was at the weekly run with my running store. After the run, a few friends were talking about the upcoming Bridle Trails race.  I was bummed that I forgot to register for the 10 mile races. Well, they had signed up for a relay team and needed a 6th person.  I was sort of ‘volunteered’ but I didn’t really care.  It sounded like fun!

Fast forward to last Thursday. At the run, I pinged the team about our plans for Saturday. They needed to ping one other girl, but tentative plans were made for running order and carpooling. Now the slight detail I missed was that the race STARTS at 3pm and so most of it is in the dark.  Yes DARK.  woods + dark + running .. uhhh… ok.. Just go with it I told myself. However we did have an awesome team name: 5 fit Chicks & Dave!!

Saturday I got up and had some cereal and starbucks thanks to my free drink coupon! Then I had to head to work for a few.  I had a banana.  Then I headed home to get some lunch and get ready to go to the run.  I had a bagel with cream cheese and some strawberries.  Then I packed up with extra clothes to wear after running and a pb&j with a string cheese and my liter bottle of water.  I also packed my running gu and some powerbar energy blasts (strawberry banana!!).  I headed up to meet the gang.

We met up and were going to drive just 1 car, but Jamie wanted to drive herself in case she wanted to come home early. I was glad so I could catch a ride back early if necessary. We got to the park with great time and got a good parking space.  I had to go pick up my number so we did that and hit the porta potties.  Then it was time to get ready. I ate my energy blasts and had some water.  It was kind of chilly standing around, but I knew once we got running it would be warm.

Here is a pre-run picture:

The race started late.. like 20 minutes late.. Jamie was running the first lap so she could be in the light.  I volunteered to run with her so she wouldn’t be alone.  Really I needed closer to 10 miles for the day, so I wanted to run more.  We took off and took it easy.  I let Jamie lead the pace and walk when she needed to.  We had fun and kept up the running. I took a gu about 4 miles in as I knew I had another lap to run.  We were pretty close to the finish before I realized it!  We finished the first lap in 1:11. I met the group and gave them my gloves while grabbing my headlamp and a hand held flashlight.  My lamp is not the brightest! I took off with a goal of picking up the pace.  I didn’t remember too much about the coarse but at least new a few places to look out for.  I chugged up the hills and caught myself going a bit fast early, but slowed down well.  As it got darker, it was pretty cool, and not too creepy.  There were some muddy points and after trying to dodge a few in the low light, I gave up and just started going through them!  While fun, it made my shoes a bit slick! I had to walk up some of the hills still (as did almost everyone else!) but did pretty well on the downhills.  I took my second Gu at mile 7 so that I could make it through the last 3 miles.  I didn’t ever fall but there were a few close calls and I was wishing I didn’t have my handheld so I could have better balance! There were a few places towards the end I wasn’t sure I was on the path.  I couldn’t find the next glowstick and didn’t know where the trail went, but figured I should keep going!  I never got off track thankfully!  Before I knew it, I was heading down the last hill to the finish!  I handed off to Leslie and she took off.  My second lap was 60 minutes.  I was hoping for faster, but since it was the second half, I was pleased!

Always good to have a negative split!

Trail racing is fun. I don’t particularly have trail shoes, but I want some now to do more trail running.  One of the fun parts is to see how dirty you get! Here is my before & after pictures:

I wore my Lulu run inspire crops and they were great!  My shoes survived!

After running, I changed to some dry clothes to wait around. I ate my food, but we got cold quick.  Jamie and I ended up leaving early before our last 2 runners were done.  Our team ended up finishing in 5:44!

Overall this was a very fun race! I want to start running some of the trails here more! It is such a great workout!!

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About Karla

Runner, Christian, Reader, All about living a healthy lifestyle and living for God!
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